The Path to Net Zero Energy in Multi-family Housing

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm PST
Impact HUB Seattle
220 Second Avenue South 3rd Floor Learning Studio Seattle, WA

Multi-family housing has been the leading development type in Seattle for decades yet is underrepresented in the projects that pursue the Living Building Challenge. Recently, however, two local project teams have proven that achieving the aggressive energy targets of the Challenge is within reach. Join us as we examine the energy trends of multi-family housing in the Northwest and reveal leading strategies to move this project type towards the path of Net Zero energy.

Shawn Oram, mechanical engineer from Ecotope, will present his firm’s research on energy use in multi-family housing. Shawn specializes in design for cost-effective mechanical systems and integration of specialized systems such as solar, geothermal and heat recovery systems.

Bill Singer from Environmental Works will present a tribal housing project in Tacoma Washington called Puyallup Longhouse, Place of Hidden Waters. Phase 1 of the project achieved LEED for Homes Platinum certification and the 2012 LEED for Homes Project of the Year; phase 2 of the project has been projected to achieve Net Zero energy.

Brad Liljequist from the International Living Future Institute will present zHome, a townhouse project in Issaquah Washington that achieved Petal Certification under the Living Building Challenge and is considered to be the first multi-family project in the country to achieve true net-zero energy consumption.

Presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion on turning challenges inherent to multi-family housing into opportunities for achieving Net Zero energy and the Living Building Challenge.